AP/KHQ6 News report on boating accident accident at Sprague Lake, WA.
It can happen to anyone...especially if one does not use good sense and safe boating practices. We have been on Sprague Lake, Lake Roosevelt and Deer Lake when the wind came up and it ain't pretty. Rock Lake is notorious for wind causing very rough water. We have been to Rock Lake several times when we didn't launch because of rough conditions. At Keller Ferry/Lake Roosevelt last year on July 3rd the wind came up and we were plowing through three foot + waves to get back to shore in a heavy 19 foot fiberglass inboard boat with waves breaking over the bow...the pucker factor was rather high...an almost certain disaster in a small, light boat.
I love to fish BUT it just isn't worth the risk when conditions are potentially unsafe. The object is to have an enjoyable day and get back home safe to sleep in one's own bed and not a hospital bed...or stretched out on a mortuary slab.